Russia’s recent war with Georgia and the ensuing military occupation, which shows every sign of permanency, is a reminder of the folly of committing America to entangling alliances in areas of the world that are none of our concern. Both Georgia and the Ukraine, former Soviet republics, have been agitating for admittance into NATO, and although NATO denied them in March of this year, it has promised them membership at an unspecified future date, much to Moscow’s consternation.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has given Pakistan more than $10 billion in military aid to fight terrorism, despite the fact that the country has been a military dictatorship under U.S.-backed Pervez Musharraf, who now serves as president in a coalition government.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was in Moscow on June 17 to meet with newly installed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, making Kissinger the first American to have an audience with Vladimir Putin’s protégé and personally selected successor. “I have followed with great interest your becoming president and the plans you have put forward in some of your speeches,” the Russian press reported Kissinger as saying to Medvedev. “I wish you every success. It is important for Russia and important for the world.” Although it has not been reported, Dr. Kissinger undoubtedly also met with former President Vladimir Putin — who has now assumed the position of prime minister — and Yevgeny Primakov, the former foreign minister, prime minister, KGB chief, and supervisor of Soviet Mideast terrorism operations.
The increasing presence of representatives from Turkey — both corporate executives and government officials — at the annual Bilderberg conferences has coincided with stepped-up pressure from the White House, the State Department, and the bureaucracy of the European Union to grant the Islamic nation full EU membership.
The ultra-elite Bilderberg Group held its annual secret meeting at the sealed-off Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., June 5-8. Attendees at Bilderberger gatherings comprise the A-list of global power brokers from the worlds of politics, business, central banking, finance, and media. They also represent the top levels of membership of globalist, one-world organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Trilateral Commission, the World Economic Forum, and the Bohemian Grove.
On tour promoting Days of Infamy, a new novel about World War II he coauthored with history professor William Forstchen, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responded during a Q&A session at a New York bookstore with an unusual, even provocative, perspective about why the United States hasn’t been hit with more terrorist attacks. “I honestly don’t know,” he told a questioner, “I would have expected another attack.” Not leaving it at that, the ever-loquacious ex-congressman, who once taught history himself, called the absence of additional terrorism “one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration.”
On June 5, the Senate Intelligence Committee, concluding five years of investigations (and partisan disagreements), released its report about whether the Bush administration had based its decision to attack Iraq on valid intelligence estimates or had lied us into war. The New York Times summed up the report: “The 170-page report accuses Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials of repeatedly overstating the Iraqi threat in the emotional aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Its findings were endorsed by all eight committee Democrats and two Republicans, Senators Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.”
President Bush joined over 1,100 participants at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Middle East conference at Sharm el-Sheihk, Egypt, May 18-20. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict was one of the center-stage items, and the conference provided added pressure to follow through with the U.S.-backed Paris donor conference pledges of 2007, at which the United States and other countries promised a massive $7.7 billion aid package to the Palestinian Authority run by terrorist Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO.
Is President Bush planning a military strike against Iran (and perhaps Syria too) before leaving office? The administration’s internationalist neoconservative advisers continue to push for it, as does the neocon talk-radio chorus. The president gave some telling nods in that direction during his recent Middle East trip.
In March 2007, President Bush joined Mexico’s President Calderon in Merida, Mexico, for a three-day visit aimed at advancing the economic and political convergence agenda of the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). In October, President Bush announced his “Merida Initiative,” a scheme to give $1.4 billion in aid to Mexico’s police and military over three years, ostensibly to fight Mexico’s notorious drug cartels.
President Bush startled conservatives in his own party in 2005 with his support for U.S. ratification of the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The Republican rank-and-file has adamantly opposed this effort to give the UN regulatory and taxing powers over all the world’s oceans and territorial seas since President Reagan torpedoed U.S. participation in the LOST scheme in the 1980s.